Raspberry Lambic | Six Rivers Brewery

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Raspberry LambicRaspberry Lambic

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Six Rivers Brewery
California, United States

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 38
Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: rich red-orange hue with just a dash of haze and a thin layer of frothy pinkish foam. I love the color on this one.

Smell: sweet and malty with a big raspberry nose. Bright and fruity, a well-done example of the style.

Taste: much like the aroma, although the sweetness is in ascendence over the tartness in the flavor. There's a nice caramel underpinning as well which really works for me, as well as a bit of a floral cue. Not as tart as I'd prefer, but still quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate carbonation and decent creaminess.

Overall: this beer could use more tartness, but the raspberry, caramel and floral elements make this eminently drinkable.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I hate flavored beers. It has a great dark appearance but again, cannot compare to an equally great appearance in a copper or amber colored ale, its a different thing. Remarkable pinkish purple head. Smells good like a fruity drink but purely tastes like a hard soda pop or something of that nature. Strong hints of grapes and berries mask the alcoholic taste although I believe it as an extra boost in alc cont. seeing as it has almost been fermenting in the keg. All in all i would say try it if you're into fruity beers. for me it is certainly not my thing. The chick on the tap handle is quite delicious herself. I love poring these.

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Photo of chinchill
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewpub.

A: a very attractive red--orange color; clear with a very durable off-white head and patterned sticky lacing.

Aroma: wonderful mix of fresh strawberries, strawberry jam and bisquits.

Flavor: At first it is mildly sweet but, by mid-taste, a bit more tart, with mild bitterness in the aftertaste. Faint wood.

Feel: light+ body; Soft and smooth; medium carbonation.

O: excellent version of this Belgian style!

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Photo of FosterJM
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

874th Review on BA
Bottle to Strange
22 oz

No bottle date

Purchased from Aloha Liquors, Carson City, NV

App- When this pours out it has way too much bubbles in the glass on the second pour no head, on the third way too bubbly. Its a nice mix of dark pink, purple and reds. No cling at all or lace.

Smell- Thick Raspberry and sugar candy on the nose. A bit one sided with aromatics. Sweet but not over done.

Taste- This has potential to be a good lambic but it needs to be dropped a couple points on the ABV. The 7% is well hidden but this has a high juice quality and seems to lack a funk to it. Much more sweet and sugar versus the traditional flavors. A little better than say a Lindemans as an intro lambic.

Mouth- Medium bodied and high carbed. A little too thick for this one and the fruit it carries with in. Needs to thin out and drop some bubbles and would be much better.

Drink- It's hard to find a brewery in No. America who takes some chances on a very hard to do style. This could be something really good with a few tweaks.

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Photo of brewrouse
1.93/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Unfortunately, this is my first review and I felt so compelled after one of the worst experiences in my short great beer quest. Upon opening, I had a gusher, which I was prepared to laugh at in anticipation of a nice beer. Appearance was crimson red with a pink foam. As I smelled, I was immediately put off by a medicinal, almost sourness that was unpleasant (and I understand it should have some of it for the style). As I tasted, I found the sourness nearly nauseating and dominant - not pleasing. The fruit was invisible and I tried hard not to, but I ended up pouring my glass and the remainder of my bomber down the drain. I did not like Sam I am. My hope is that I received a bottle not representative of the beer, or the brewery. I always try something twice, as it could have been only a glimpse in time...

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Photo of emerge077
2.92/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into a stemless wine glass. Audibly crackling fizzy pink foam, that lasts for all of 3 seconds. After that it resembles a fruit soda with a glassy surface and bubbles clinging to the sides and rapidly rising from within. Blood red crimson color. No foam or lace at all.

Slightly medicinal raspberry aroma, ripe and fruity. Pretty clean, nothing funky or wild about it really, just all about the fruit.

Candy flavored raspberry, vaguely tart, fruit derived and not from any wild yeast or bacteria. Club soda feel at first that peters out to a watery fruit juice feel. One dimensional raspberry flavor, modeled after Lindemans and St. Louis sweetened lambic sodas. Somewhat drinkable as a wine cooler daquiri type drink, the alcohol is pretty well hidden, but if that's not your thing, it's kinda gross.

Overall it's pretty run of the mill, even as a fruit beer. It barely qualifies as mediocre. For $10 a bomber, this isn't worth it. Highly doubt it ever saw the inside of a barrel, or even oak chips.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Whole Foods, Los Altos.

Possibly my first framboise from outside Belgium, this one pours a correct deep red, hazed with brown at the edges, and a frothy, fizzy head of light pink foam, that crackles up and then settles to nothingness. Body is very light for 7.2% ABV, but again, that's not unexpected in the style. Overall, it looks pretty good.

Raspberries could be perceived on uncapping, and once the beer is in the glass, their scent is pervasive. Big rustic, genuine raspberry character, with plenty of sweetness, but plenty of genuine raspberry tartness as well. There's little else to it, but that's not necessarily a bad thing for the style. Again, got it pretty much spot on.

Taste is a bit of a let down, with only a mild tartness streaking the palate, and not leaving much on the finish. Mild soda-water astringency throughout, with the overlay of raspberry skins and seeds giving it a deft touch of aroma. It feels very empty, with such a light body, and minimal tartness—often, you can forget the lack of breadth on the body of a lambic by the subtle complexities imparted by a really robust acidity. In this one, with such a mild sour character, you cannot.

It's a decent enough beer, and an interesting example of a style done with great art by the Belgians. There's nothing really offensive about it, except (let's face it) the style itself—and this doesn't have the complexity or ingenuity to make you forget about that.

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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, dark clear cranberry red with almost no head. I tried and couldn't really get one, other than a few small white bubbles.

Nose smells like raspberry Kool-ade from when I was a kid. Not a bad smell, quite nice actually, but Kool-ade no less. (That "strong, fake, citric raspberry" smell of my youth!)

Mouthfeel is thin but what you'd want in this style of beer. Hard to think about the mouthfeel since the flavor profile is just hard to deal with.

Front palate is bitter red raspberry character, that goes to a sweet/bitter raspberry mid palate, and ends on a "tannic bitter" raspberry tone.

Finish ultimately is a green olive bitter; a bitter raspberry undertone.

There is no funk; no real citric character and no tart or sour. Tastes like a raspberry soda that someone poured a medium hopped IPA into. Not really bad; just not really good.

I would not conclude that it is a lambic were I to taste it blind. The more I tasted it the more it smelled like a Nouveau Beaujolais and tasted like a "beered" raspberry soda.

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Photo of Kshock
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep Red with a pink hue. Had a nice sticky off white head but it quickly subsides.

S- Light nose, but nice soft fruit aromas with a hint of bready yeast character. Has a pleasant aroma, it just wasnt very strong at all.

T- Sweet, tart, and little sour. Lots of fruit sweetness up front with a little sourness with it, but it quickly fades into a really clean finish. Almost no residual sweetness.

M- Light body with a little carbonation on the palate. Nice mouth feel that drys out a little at the end.

O- Not a great, but theres nothing really wrong with it. Just wish it was a funky sour framboise. You win some, you lose some.

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Photo of Trilogy31
4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark ruby color with a frothy strawberry colored head that quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing with very nice carbonation. No getting around the slightly sour raspberries on the nose along with orange blossom and a vinous quality. The taste is a refreshing mix of fresh raspberries and orange sherbet with nice acidity, no funk and not really sour hard to consider this a lambic. I really like this beer i just have to put my pinkie out when i drink it.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beer Revolution. Pours a brilliant pinkish red color with superb clarity. Smells and tastes vividly of raspberries, but not at all like a lambic. The ssweet raspberries have a pure fruit flavor that is not at all artificial or overdone, and as is this is drinkable and even pleasant on a hot day, but oh how much better this would be with some tart acidity to balance things out! Not a lambic, but not bad.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours clear raspberry red, with no head. Thin ring of bubbles around the glass.

S-Sugary sweet raspberry.

T/M-Interesting. They call it "Lambic style" but it tastes more like a light Belgian style ale with some fruit, more similar to something like the Stumptown Tart. Light, amber maltiness, lots of sweet raspberry (probably extract). There's a distracting bitter off flavor in the finish I can't quite place.


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Photo of womencantsail
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Stone Sour Fest

A: If nothing else, the pour on this beer is beautiful. A vibrant ruby red color with little to no head. I can't stop looking at that color...

S: The nose is not quite as impressive. Decent raspberry notes (plentiful, but not overly enticing), slight woodiness, and not really any funkiness.

T: The flavor is sort of a mix of raspberry and cranberry juices with a dash of lemon juice for some extra tartness. Slightly astringent (aspirin) and only a distant note of funk.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is light (especially for a draft serving).

D: A middle of the road beer. Kudos to trying something a bit different (especially for a brewery of relative obscurity and a suspect track record), but needs a little work.

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Photo of Overlord
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very pleased to get to try this at Stone sourfest! Thanks for putting on a great event, Bill.

My wife loved this, and begged me to find some for her. Anyone have any tips?

Pours a light ... wait for it ... RASPBERRY color with some graininess. Actually, a rather pretty beer. It will get a rare above 4.0 appearance score from me.

This, basically, tastes like raspberry juice mixed with a bit of tart sour and a hint of cider-iness. One of the more straightforward beers I have ever had, and really blurs the line.

NIce, light lively mouthfeel.

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Photo of popery
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An okay to good fruit beer and a somewhat mediocre lambic. Too sweet and there's an off grain note. Otherwise, it's pretty good. The raspberry flavor is natural. There's mild pucker and a funk note. It's not a mildly cloying beer but still refreshing and not hard to drink.

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Photo of Elimination
4.52/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


First true lambic I have ever had. Have had tons of wheats and browns advertised as a lambic but this was the first they should the true meaning of the style (well true meaning for an american brewery i guess)

look: Red, wine, a cherry kool aid in a fancy glass slight haze

Smell: raspberries of course, I mean they add 400 lbs to such a small batch. The smell is amazing, almost breathtaking, I love raspberries so the smell alone is all I need. Fruits of all scents popping up, making my mouth water.

Taste: Raspberries of course, juice, soda, kool aid. Now this can be seen as a bad thing, but in my mind and even though this is the first lambic Ive ever had, I guess this is what its supposed to be. But it is tasty Very very tasty.

Drink: great, would be very perfect with a nice salad with blue cheese and red onions, yum!

I want more of this, and im not afraid to say I want more of it.

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Photo of Glibber
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks like cran-apple juice, and did not have much of a head or provide lacing.
The beer was very flavorful- and if you knew what you were getting, I would say this is a good lambic- much better than the Sam Adams. I liked it- They said that a 7 barrel batch took 400 lbs or rasberries, and you could taste it. I had it on tap at the brewery as part of the sampler. More than a pint might be too much- unless you like sweet beers.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Green Dragon Bistro (Portland)

Bright red with pink highlights and pink bubbly foam ring.

Smells a bit artificial, sour strawberry candy fizzies with a touch of cherry cough medicine.

Sweet and tangy, not exactly that sour. Less sour than even a Lindemans lambic (but it is also less sweet). Artificial strawberry/cherry tanginess thats nice up front but kinda empty on mid through to finish, which makes it taste a bit medicinal on the way down. Maybe like a cherry version of dimetap? (not necessarily a bad flavor...)

Decent amount of sourness, bit of prickly mouthfeel, but not overdone with the carbonation- still smooth with moderate mouthfeel.

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Raspberry Lambic from Six Rivers Brewery
3.57 out of 5 based on 38 ratings.
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